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Author Topic: Oral Infection Percentages  (Read 1174 times)

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Offline ConcernedinCal

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Oral Infection Percentages
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:16:51 PM »
I am a HIV- male.  I am a bottom and am adamant that my Top's use condoms when we have anal sex.  I am not so adamant about not swallowing cum.  I am HIV+ friendly and have recently been seeing a guy who is Poz.  While we have been safe during intercourse, during oral sex, I have swallowed some pre-cum but not his entire ejaculate.  However, I would like to.  My partner does not know his exact VL, but believes that it is low from his last tests. 

While I know that there is theoretical risks is swallowing poz cum, are there any percentages around infection risk from swallowing?  E.g., on1 in 1,000, 1 in five.  What I am trying to reconcile is how much risk would I put myself through by swallowing.  I would think that we would have far more transmissions if everyone that has swallowed Poz cum got infected that we do now.  Can you guide me on this?  Thanks!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Oral Infection Percentages
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 06:03:20 PM »
Your concern is understandable. However, as you may already know, your saliva contains over a dozen elements and proteins which very effectively prevent the transmission of viable HIV.

Several longterm studies have been conducted using both gay and straight sero-discordant couples who had only unprotected mutual oral sex of all sorts and only protected vaginal and anal intercourse. Not a single sero-negative partner became infected.

I would never say you can't get infected through oral. But unless you have a fresh, gaping and bleeding wound in your mouth, (hardly the circumstances when you would be giving oral), unless that were the case I don't see you being at risk when giving oral.

Giving oral is one of the most common of sexual activities. If it were a for real risk we would have known long before today. From time to time someone claims to have been infected that way. Under careful scrutiny those claims rarely hold up due to bad memory, shame at acknowledging another means of transmission, etc.
Andy Velez

Offline ConcernedinCal

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Re: Oral Infection Percentages
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 08:55:26 PM »
Andy, thanks for the measured response.  You have put my concerns in perspective.  I appreciate it.  Thanks.

 


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